U.S. House Leaders Put Video On Their Facebook Pages

Members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives are taking to videos on Facebook to answer questions about trade, the debt ceiling, budget issues and more.

Some of the most high-profile Facebook pages in U.S. government have recently had makeovers and nifty new features added. That must mean one thing: Election season approaches!

Members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives are taking to videos on Facebook to answer questions about trade, the debt ceiling, budget issues and more.

The congressional committee charged with writing legislation over the issues everyone seems to be talking about today — taxes and entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Social Security — are now answering voter questions via videos posted to its Facebook page.

Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) started the question-and-answer series by answering questions posed on Facebook and Twitter about three pending free trade agreements. That initial effort was complemented by videos with questions and answers with members who also have responsibility for negotiating trade deals, such as Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX).

So, what did the committee’s Facebook community want to know? They asked:

Where will the new jobs from the pending trade agreements be located?
What will a U.S.-Panama trade agreement do for the U.S.?
How does a South Korean deal help U.S. automakers?

The committee page also features Members’ interviews with media outlets on the breaking issues of the day. For example, there’s a video from last week of Chairman Camp explaining why Republicans didn’t take President Obama up on his invitation to Camp David to talk debt ceiling negotiations, from MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

In other page upgrade news, looks like Vice President Joe Biden’s Facebook page has gotten the Obama 2012 treatment, with a new profile photo and the familiar rising sun from the 2008 campaign, according to TechPresident.com.

The site reports other new features that include Obama‘s “Are You In” widget that was first unveiled in April, a re-tooled donation page and link to the campaign store. Rumors have persisted that Biden may be replaced on the ticket in 2012. We know one thing: the Vice President has his work cut out for him if he wants to catch up in page likes. He has only 300,000 likes, compared to the President’s 12 million likes.

Readers, do you think all politicians should include video on their Facebook pages?